Going for the Goal(s)

Goals.  Everyone needs them.  They empower us, motivate us, and help us to improve as individuals.  Long term, short term, a daily to do list, every notch on those mental or paper logs is a wish to better ourselves in some way.  Goals seem so cut and dry.  You set one and either succeed or …

Ingrid Goes West, Social Media, and Looking in the Mirror

Recently I watched a skin crawlingly uncomfortable yet amazing indie film called Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen.  Plaza’s Ingrid is a lonely young woman most likely suffering from some sort of mental illness or break following the death of her mother.  She becomes obsessed with Olsen’s Insta-famous Taylor who seemingly lives …

In Memory

Brendan Ruppenthal was one of my best friends.  He was also my unrequited high school crush.  I bring this messy, embarrassing chapter in my life up only because it speaks so directly to the kind of person Brendan was.  He, our friend Brian, and I were nearly inseparable in high school, participating in theater and …